BATH TOWNSHIP — When Ottawa-Glandorf wanted to run left, it ran left.
When the Titans wanted to run right, they ran right.
Either way, there wasn’t a lot Bath could do about it.
O-G ran for 390 yards en route to a 54-14 victory over Bath to clinch the outright Western Buckeye League championship Friday at Bath Stadium.
“It’s a great feeling and we’ve worked hard for it (the WBL title), but we’re not done yet,” O-G offensive lineman Matt Samuelson said.
O-G tailback Tristan Parker led the offense with 160 yards on 16 carries. He had TD runs of 25 and 19 yards. Titans quarterback Caleb Siefker ran for 115 yards on seven carries with a 33-yard TD.
With Parker lifted early in the third quarter to keep him healthy for the playoffs, fullback Brad Racer rambled for 59 yards on eight carries. He had TD runs of 1, 18 and 1 yards.
Pounding away up front was the O-G offensive line with center Derek Rieman (6-5, 290), guards Samuelson (6-3, 225) and Ross Hashbarger (5-10, 215) and tackles Tanner Hehenbrink (6-2, 285) and Wyatt Karhoff (6-5, 250).
“We were moving people off the ball,” O-G coach Ken Schriner said. “They played a defense that was a little bit different from what they showed on film. They loaded up with a 5-3 and we looked at a 4-3 all week.”
O-G stands 9-0, 8-0 in the WBL. Bath is 5-4, 4-4 in the WBL.
Bath coach Chris Miller said it all started up front with the Titans.
“They’re big and they’re strong and they run the ball very well,” Miller said. “We’re a little undersized up there and tried to do four or five different things and we were really reaching in the cupboard trying to find anything that would work. … The biggest thing is that they controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.”
Samuelson said, “We were going to run the ball either way. They can have 10 guys in the box and we were going to run the ball.”
On the defensive side, tackle Karhoff led the way with 14 tackles, one blocked punt and one sack. The down side of the night was Karhoff left the stadium with a shoulder injury and was taken for X-rays.
“We’ll have to evaluate that tomorrow. He had a shoulder injury,” Schriner said.
Bath’s offense moved the ball well at times, but had six turnovers, including two interceptions.
Bath quarterback Doug Sanders completed 26 of 44 for 285 yards. On the ground, Sanders was held to 48 yards on 26 carries. He was sacked four times.
“We’ve had five our more turnovers four times this year and all four games we lost,” Miller said. … “Our offense is good enough to move the ball and score on people if we hold onto the football.”
O-G led 13-0 after the first quarter and 26-6 at the half. It was 47-6 after three quarters.
Parker’s 25-yard TD make it 13-0. Sanders’ 2-yard TD got Bath within 13-7, but that was as close as it would get.
Parker ripped off a 19-yard TD to make it 19-6 with 6:55 left before halftime.
“It’s a great feeling because you know you did your job,” Samuelson said. “You want him to house it. You want him to score.”